Dr. Patrick Chesney, GSF Chief Technical Advisor delivering his presentationDr. Patrick Chesney, GSF Chief Technical Advisor delivering his presentationTwenty participants representing the governments of all six countries of the Guiana Shield (GS) and other key partners and stakeholders met at the Herdmanston Lodge in Georgetown from March 11-13, 2015 to draft the GSF post- 2014 programme.

At the opening ceremony, Dr. Patrick Chesney, GSF Chief Technical Advisor presented on the specific workshop objectives. He explained that the drafting of the GSF post-2014 programme document should be based on:

Read more: Guiana Shield Countries Come Together to Draft the GSF Post-2014 Programme

The Guiana Shield Priority Setting Platform (GSPSP) was launched at a welcome cocktail reception on the occasion of the GSF Post-2014 Programme Planning Meeting.

Representatives from Countries of the Guiana Shield along with UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Khadija Musa (centre) and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment - Guyana, Hon. Robert Persaud (extreme right) clicking the button to launch the GSPSP.Representatives from Countries of the Guiana Shield along with UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Khadija Musa (centre) and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment - Guyana, Hon. Robert Persaud (extreme right) clicking the button to launch the GSPSP.The event was hosted by the UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Khadija Musa, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Herdmanston Lodge in Georgetown with high level government representatives from countries of the Guiana Shield, representatives from the EU delegation in Guyana and other local, international partners and UN agencies in attendance.

In 2013, the GSF began consolidating the elements of a Guiana Shield Priority Setting Platform (GSPSP) as an integrated, interdisciplinary platform to monitor the drivers of deforestation, and to provide inputs for forest monitoring for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES).

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news-20150129-1According to the BBC, Brazil's Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira said the country's three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930 and describes the water crisis as delicate and worrying.

It is against this backdrop that Teixeira made a call for the states of Sao Paula, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais to save water. The appeal was made just after an emergency meeting in Brasilia.

Read more: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais Must Save Water as Drought Worsens

news-20150121-1Over the past years, there have been several incidents of marine mammals, including whales, being beached in different parts of the Guiana Shield. This phenomenon was recognised by MAMACOCOSEA at its regional workshop during 18-20 March 2013 in Paramaribo. The participants determined as a high priority, the development of a regional stranding network and database (including sharing of genetic material). Click here to download the full report.

In light of the most recent occurrences where two whales were beached in Guyana (December 2014 and January 2015) and one in Suriname (April, 2013), the Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) is particularly concerned and will be monitoring this development in collaboration with MAMACOCOSEA.

Read more: Whales in Distress in the Guiana Shield

“Community Concepts and Communications for Understanding REDD+ and MRV” is the focus of a Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) funded project being implemented by the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB). Download project document here.

Representatives from the Makushi Research Unit during a translation sessionRepresentatives from the Makushi Research Unit during a translation sessionThe NRDDB applied for the grant under the GSF Call for Proposals “Aligning Community MRV to national MRV for REDD+ Readiness” which aimed at aligning community monitoring, reporting and verification (CMRV) system with the ongoing national MRV system, so that the CMRV activities may be integrated into the national framework for REDD+ readiness. This project is aligned with the national priority on REDD+.

Read more: Preservation and Use of Indigenous Language key to Forest Conservation in the Guiana Shield